drop curtain

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n drop curtain a curtain that can be lowered and raised onto a stage from the flies; often used as background scenery
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Drop curtain See Drop n., 4. .
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Usage

In literature:

The rock half-moons of curtains dropped over the expressionless, dull eyes.
"The Planetoid of Peril" by Paul Ernst
We dropped the curtain corner.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, June, 1930" by Various
Then he stared, dropped the net, and lifted Lourenco's curtain.
"The Pathless Trail" by Arthur O. (Arthur Olney) Friel
He dropped the curtains over the broad window and regal moon.
"Shirley" by Charlotte Brontë
The raindrops beat against the window-panes, or when the wind dropped, came down like a soft gray curtain.
"The German Classics of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries" by Various
I willingly drop the curtain on the shameful picture.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 17 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
She leaned against the heavy curtain to look into the street, and measured the height of the drop.
"The Grandee" by Armando Palacio Valdés
I let the curtain drop again, though lingeringly.
"The House by the Lock" by C. N. Williamson
Percival dropped the curtain.
"Under False Pretences" by Adeline Sergeant
It is the Indian curtain drop.
"Through Our Unknown Southwest" by Agnes C. Laut
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In poetry:

The mosses drop their curtains low,
The far ships settle down,
And tenderly the Gulf winds blow,
O'er Bay Saint Louis town.
"A Dream Of Romance" by Maurice Thompson
He wrote a play; by day and night
He strove with passion and delight;
Yet knew, long ere the curtain drop,
His drama was a sorry flop.
"Failure" by Robert W Service
The curtains, lazy and delicate,
billow and flutter and drop
like the Victorian skirts
of my two maiden aunts
who kept an antique shop.
"Flee On Your Donkey" by Anne Sexton
Then came the time to end the mighty Play,
To drop the curtain and to quench the lamps,
And soon the story took its jocund way
Through all the Allied camps.
"Arms And The Man - The Beginning Of The End" by James Barron Hope
By the meeting-house in Salisbury town,
The sufferers stood, in the red sundown,
Bare for the lash! O pitying Night,
Drop swift thy curtain and hide the sight.
"How The Women Went From Dover" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Baby girl, my beauty! now hush while I sing.
Birdies in the treetops have folded each wing.
Stars are softly twinkling afar in the skies,
Drop the pink curtains down over your eyes!
"Drop the Pink Curtains" by Henry Clay Work

In news:

For one thing, she will find herself passionately kissing the severed head of John the Baptist before the curtain drops.
The curtain has dropped on the show that made stars out of Snooki and The Situation, and brought terms like "Smooshing" and "GTL" into the pop culture dictionary.
) I managed to see them three times in the year before James Murphy dropped the curtain on the beloved New York ensemble and I would easily have paid to repeat each of those brilliant shows a dozen times over.
Music blared over the loudspeakers, smoke billowed across the stage, and the curtain dropped to reveal Floyd Mayweather Jr and Shane Mosley dressed to the nines as a crowd of several thousand inside the Nokia Theater let out a roar.
With a curtain time of 8:15 pm, performances of Shakespeare Festival of Dallas' current production of The Taming of the Shrew light up the outdoor Samuell-Grand Amphitheater just before the sun has dropped completely out of sight.
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